Colorado cinema attack puts US on edge

2012-07-24 13:07

Washington - At least 3 men accused of making threats during or after watching the new Batman movie have been arrested in separate incidents, underscoring US moviegoers' anxieties and heightened security in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a Colorado cinema showing the film.

Moviegoers in Sierra Visa, Arizona, panicked when a man who appeared intoxicated was confronted during a showing of the movie. The Cochise County Sheriff's office said it caused "mass hysteria" and about 50 people fled the cinema.

Michael William Borboa, aged 27, was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct, and threatening and intimidating.

A Maine man was arrested when he told authorities that he was on his way to shoot a former employer a day after watching The Dark Knight Rises, Maine state police said on Monday.

Timothy Courtois of Biddeford, Maine, had been stopped for speeding, and a police search of his car found an AK-47 assault weapon, four handguns, ammunition and news clippings about the mass shooting that left 12 people dead early on Friday, authorities said.

In Southern California, a man at a Sunday afternoon showing of the film was arrested after witnesses said he made threats and alluded to the Colorado shooting when the movie didn't start.

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Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were called to a cinema complex in Norwalk after moviegoers said 52-year-old Clark Tabor shouted: "I should go off like in Colorado." They said he then asked: "Does anybody have a gun?"

A security guard saw Tabor with a backpack on his knees in the second row, but deputies who searched the bag, the cinema and its surrounding area did not find any weapon.

Despite some jitters over the horrific shooting, moviegoers around the US still flocked to cinema to see the film, which was the final instalment of the phenomenally successful Batman trilogy.

Warner Bros. reported that it brought in $160.9m over the weekend, making it the third highest opening weekend ever, after The Avengers and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.

  • Sagin - 2012-07-24 13:31

    Great, over react after the fact. Its controversial, but I say every citizen should be armed and these so called gun free zones should be done away with. If this kid knew everyone was armed he would not have attempted his crazy plan, and if he did he would have been shot by a member of the public before he could kill and injure as many as he did.

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-24 13:47

      That's just stupid dude, now you want to arm every crazy out there? It will be like the wild west all over again. I'd prefer we destroy every single weapon ever manufactured. If you wanna kill someone, you'll have to do it the old fashioned way, with you bare hands which most peeps wont have the balls to do, but give them a gun and they become god with huge balls.

      Sagin - 2012-07-24 13:55

      Idealistic much? If it were possible to destroy every firearm, then yes i agree completely with Your sentiment. but it is not. The fact is the majority of people are sane and level headed. and if the insane and not so level headed knew that the ordinary man was able to defend themselves they would think twice. like i said controversial, but not ignorant.

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-24 14:00

      I have to disagree with you dude. Now we gonna have every little insecure prick walk around with a gun? That's just stupid, hell it's not even contreversial. So you're sitting in a pub and the dude next to you has had a few pints, we know how stupid alcohol can make even the sanest and cleverest of people and he decides to pop you cause he can cause he want your cherrie? This may sound far fetched but this shyte happens everyday. Rather no guns bro. If you wanna fight or mame you gotta have the balls to do it the old fashioned way first. If you dont have the balls, swallow your pride and go home.

      mofstok - 2012-07-24 14:03

      I agree. If the public were armed, somebody would have been able to end the madness before so many had died. Criminals do not care for Gun Free Zones, so they are utterly useless. Gaza, what would you do when faced by a man who wants to kill you? He has a knife or gun, you have nothing. How would you settle it the "Old Fashioned" way then? Try to beat him up? Go home in a bodybag after that.

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-24 14:12

      Mofstok, what can I do really????, even if I had a gun on me, I'd still be popped before I even try and go for it so what's the use?? Now if there were no guns, what would the crazy guy do then, grab a knife most probably but then his balls would be half the size if he had a gun and would may have even thought twice before going beserk. You guys wanna fight fire with fire when the opposite, i.e water would be the best solution.

      mofstok - 2012-07-24 14:18

      Go do a search on how many people have managed to successfully defend their lives with their handguns. Earlier this year a chap in Alberton was caught by surprise by 4 hijackers, and he shot them. He escaped unscathed, they didn't. He is one of many survivors who lived because they fought back. Chances are they would have murdered him in his yard if he didn't.

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-24 15:26

      Mofstok, go and check how many people have been killed with their own guns dude. You sound like a real cowboy.

      mofstok - 2012-07-24 15:35

      And you sound like an idiot. Does that make you one? Or is that just my opinion of you?

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-07-24 13:59

    CaptainGaza and how do you suggest must women, children and the elderley that are not mobile anymore, defend themselves? With broomsticks? It's a wonder that the US is not blaiming Al-Cada.

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-24 14:06

      Ever heard of Mace or tazers??? Look, there is no easy answer but to take it too the extreme is going in the wrong direction, that's just my opinion.

      mofstok - 2012-07-24 14:14

      Mace and Tazers are not guaranteed to actually stop the threat. Some individuals are much more resistant to their effects than others. Resistance can be enhanced in some people by drugs or alcohol. I would not try to defend myself against an armed home invader with less-lethal methods. Guns are the only equalizers between armed criminals and the public. That's my opinion anyway, and I'll stick to my guns, you can stick to your pepperspray.

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-24 14:33

      It doesn't have to stop them, it just has to give you a chance to escape or defend yourself, what is so difficult to understand about that? Keep your gun big boy, it seems it's the only thing that gives you a set of balls.

      mofstok - 2012-07-24 14:43

      Balls have nothing to do with it, only brains: something you clearly lack. Not all situations are escapable, not all situations are equal. I suppose you have never been at the mercy of an armed robber or hijackers before in your life, and I hope you never are. Keep living as a sheep happy in the knowledge that you will always be safe no matter what, the rest of us will live in the real scary world around us.

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-24 15:25

      Mofstok, you have no clue do you. I have indeed been held up at gun point, not once, but twice. I'm lucky to be here and I can safely say, a gun did sweet phukall for me. So dont come here with you big boy attitude you cause you have no clue dude. Keep you guns and keep thinking you're safe cause you own one.

      mofstok - 2012-07-24 15:35

      CaptainGazza, you are becoming emotional and irrational. I suspect you have a bit of roid-rage, so I suggest you go have a cup of tea before we continue this argument. I assume a gun made no difference to your supposed experiences because you did not have one to defend yourself with, which nullifies your line of argument. Also, I have been active at my local club for over 3 years now. There are about 800 members, none of which have ever shot themselves by accident or on purpose in that time. Nor where there any incidents previously that I know of. A firearm is a tool that grants its user great power and great responsibility. Some people are responsible firearms owners, others are not. Same with drivers of cars. You insult me by calling me a "cowboy", yet you do not know me from a bar of soap. It is clearly pointless in convincing you otherwise, so I will end the argument here. You go your way in blissful ignorance, and I will go mine. But I suggest you educate yourself on a few matters before making stupid sweeping and generalizing statements because you are uninformed about a topic.

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-24 15:45

      You assume to much mofstok. I had a gun in both instances and it did sweet bugger all to help me. I am not emotional, please dont get me wrong, I'm just amused at your thoughts and how safe you think you are with a gun. So now I see why you are so pro gun. You belong to a club where you can share you experience of owning a gun with other like minded cowboys. You are indeed a cowboy dude. If you think a gun gives you power you do indeed suffer from a superiority complex.

      mofstok - 2012-07-24 16:10

      Think what you will, I remain underwhelmed by your reasoning. Of course a gun does not keep me safe: I keep myself and my family safe. That includes being situationally aware and not doing anything stupid or reckless. Just because you were incapable of defending yourself do not claim that it is impossible to do so, it is disingenuous of you. Enjoy the rest of your argument.

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-07-24 19:38

      @CaptainGaza ~ You're living in a fantasy world. @Mofstok ~ Absolutely spot on!

      CaptainGaza - 2012-07-25 12:53

      Like I said, you're a cowboy, now go and polish your pistol.

  • rachav07 - 2012-07-24 19:24

    I don't know what it is like in the US regarding discipline in schools, but here in Australia over twenty years ago they stopped disciplining kids at school, and parents were told that they couldn't smack their children when they were small. My daughters now adult came home with a note from the school saying that disciple would not be permitted, and if a child was rebellious or behaved badly at school or played hookey from school the punishment would not be Detention, in some cases especially defiance or violence against another student they got the strap, but instead they would be suspended from school for several days, up to a week. My daughters laughed and commented how does suspension punish a student who played hookey. would be 'rewarded' for their bad behaviour with suspension! Bring back discipline to the class room and do not interfere with parents prerogative to used corporal punishment when necessary.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 19:40

      Sad that you believe in punishment. It actually slows down growth and learning, and taking responsibility. Even sadder that you believe in corporal punishment. That's barbaric, and makes taking responsibility, learning and growing even harder. The formula for all growth is: recognize, acknowledge, feel sorry, forgive, and choose to change. Inserting punishment into this formula retards the process.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-24 19:48

      You're just behind the leafing edge of personal growth education. For your sake and the sake of your children and grandchildren, I recommend getting up to speed.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-25 00:45

      leafing = leading

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